Sportsbook refunds Saints bets over uncalled penalty

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A sportsbook in New Jersey is refunding bets on the New Orleans Saints due to the widespread belief that the team was victimized by a blown call by referees during its loss Sunday in the NFC championship game.

PointsBet said Monday it will refund spread and money-line bets on the Saints, who lost the game after officials failed to call a penalty on a Los Angeles Rams defender who leveled a New Orleans receiver long before the ball arrived.

Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman acknowledged after the game he should have been flagged for a penalty.

“Came to the sideline, looked at the football gods and was like, ‘Thank you,'” Robey-Coleman said. “I got away with one tonight.”

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The Rams went on the win the game and eliminate New Orleans from the playoffs.

The company announced what it calls a “Good Karma Payout” due to an unlikely event that swayed the result of a game.

PointsBet did not say how much the refunds will cost the company.

The Rams advanced to the Super Bowl, where they will play the New England Patriots.

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The move is the latest attention-grabbing payout by a New Jersey sports betting operator as numerous firms vie for market share and attention in the fast-growing market.

In December, FanDuel paid off all bets on Alabama to win the national college football championship more than a month before the game was played. Alabama was routed when the game actually happened, losing to Clemson 44-16.

The same company also paid $82,000 to a New Jersey man who, due to an equipment glitch, was promised a wildly inflated payout on a football bet that should have returned only a meager payout.

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